Employees"While you're thanking us, at the end of the day we're really thanking you," said Konnie Martin, Chief Operating Officer for the SLV Regional Medical Center (SLVRMC), during a recent appreciation breakfast hosted by Tu Casa, Inc. for all SLVRMC employees.

Tu Casa's Largest Local Organizational Donor

In the past year, SLVRMC and employees have donated over $30,000 towards the Children's Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley (CAC), a new program of Tu Casa, which makes SLVRMC the CAC's largest organizational donor. In appreciation for SLVRMC's leadership and generosity, Ashley Riley Lopes, executive director of Tu Casa; Audrey Reich, vice-president of Tu Casa's board; and Julie Mordecai, manager of the Children's Advocacy Center's capital campaign, presented the organization with a framed print by Randy Pijoan, which was specially commissioned by Tu Casa for the CAC's capital campaign.

For many SLVRMC employees, the work of Tu Casa is personal. "I'm proud to be a part of an organization that cares this much about the health of children in this Valley," said Reich, who besides serving on Tu Casa's board also works as a therapist in SLVRMC's Behavioral Health department.

Organizations Come Together to Support Kids

The CAC will bring law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, and victim advocacy services together to ensure that child abuse victims, especially victims of child sexual abuse, will be able to receive services in a child-friendly, safe place specifically designed to meet their needs.

"Thanks to your support, we are 75-percent there on meeting our financial goal for the CAC," said Lopes. Even though the center's doors are not yet open, Lopes explained that new CAC-dedicated staff has been hired and services are underway.

"Since January, we are already halfway towards meeting our service goal," said Lopes. "We've also received referrals from each of the Valley's six counties."

Partnership: A Natural Fit

For SLVRMC, the partnership was a natural fit. Martin shared that her own experience with Tu Casa started in the 1980s. "I served as a volunteer at Tu Casa and saw firsthand the great need that exists in this community. It opened my eyes to the stereotypes people have about who needs services. I learned the importance then of this community coming together to address this need."

Besides financially supporting the CAC, SLVRMC is also providing vital services for Tu Casa's new program including Sexual Assault Nurses Exams(SANE) and mental health care.

To learn more about the CAC, visit www.slvtucasa.net. To learn more about SLVRMC's commitment to the community, check out the organizations and initiatives we support.

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